The Spiral 18U boys celebrate a national title.

Courtesy of Spiral

A three-year journey for a group of volleyball players, coaches, and families came to its end with an unexpected outcome.

In a sport that is frequently dominated by programs from California and the mid-west, Spiral Boys from Chandler beat them all to claim an Open National Championship tournament.

Spiral won the Boys' Junior National Championships in Houston with a team made up of mostly East Valley players.

In the finals, Spiral knocked off Ultimate B 18 out of Chicago, 21-25, 25-22, 17-15 to win to bring bring Spiral and the Arizona Region it's first-ever 18-Open Championship (for boys or girls) on the strength of a 14-7 Spiral run (including overcoming two match points for Ultimate) after trailing 8-3.

It's a pretty significant win for Spiral, located in Chandler, and its program and should bring some national respect to the level of play in Arizona.

For a more in-depth look at the team's journey to become national championships read this story on the program's website.

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